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December 13, 2016

FORA BITES: Potato Potluck

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As December rolls in with its lights, mulled wine and gift exchanges,  so do the festive gatherings! With these gatherings comes the beloved (and sometimes dreaded) potluck.

We know that every gift and cocktail dress has already been budgeted- but don’t fret because we’ve got you covered. Click through for three easy recipes using all the same (cheap) ingredients!

Recipes by:Elmé Jordaan
@FreakinthekitchenTO

CRISPY MINI’S
For the standing potluck or office party, these babies are crisp and delicious and the recipe can easily be doubled or tripled!
What you’ll need:

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30 mini potatoes
½ cup of Dijon mustard (or any mustard you like- we don’t judge!)
1 cup grated Parmesan
Salt and Pepper

 

What to do:
Boil your minis in a large pot of water for 10 min. They’re ready when they can be pierced easily with a toothpick. Drain and let them cool. Place the mustard in a large bowl, add the mini’s and move them around until they’re fully covered in mustardy goodness. On a plate, spread out the Parmesan, with salt and pepper to your liking, and roll your mustardy mini’s until they’re nice and covered. Place in any baking dish you prefer and bake at 425 degrees for 12 min until crispy and brown. Pop a toothpick in each and watch as they get gobbled up!

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If you’re feeling fancy:
Add cayenne or fresh herbs like dill or thyme to your Parmesan for a twist!

 

LATKES
Every holiday potluck needs Latkes! They are crispy, delicious and great for the standing potluck or a sit down dinner!

What you’ll need:

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4 – large potatoes grated
½ – cup of Dijon mustard (or any mustard you like- we don’t judge!)
½ – cup grated Parmesan
½ – cup of flour
2 eggs
Salt and Pepper
Oil for frying

What to do:
Using a clean kitchen towel, wrap it around the grated potatoes and squeeze until most of the liquid is drained out. In a bowl add the Dijon, Parmesan, eggs, seasoning and give it a good whisk. Add the potatoes and stir well. Sprinkle the flour and stir again. Using wet hands make balls with the mixture, about 1/3 cup worth but just feel it out. Flatten the balls out like little pancakes and let them rest in the fridge for 30 min. On medium – high heat, with enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan, fry up your Latkes. About 2 min on both sides or until golden brown should do the trick! Enjoy!

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SCALLOP TATOES
A warm, mustardy, crispy scallop potato is the perfect addition to a sit down potluck. They’re easy to make and travel well!

What you’ll need:

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4 – large potatoes  (or as many as there are guests)
½ – cup of Dijon mustard (or any mustard you like- we don’t judge!)
½ – cup grated Parmesan
Salt and Pepper

 

What to do:
Wash and dry the potatoes. Place 1 between 2 wooden skewers (as pictured), cut ¼ inch slivers until you knife hits the skewer. You can definitely free hand this as well! In a small bowl stir the mustard and seasoning and slather the mixture over the potatoes and in between the slivers. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Place them in a greased baking dish and bake at 400 degrees for 40 min.  Check them at 25 min and if they brown too quickly cover the dish in foil and bake for the remaining time. Bring these in the same dish over to your guests and pop them in the oven to keep them warm.

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If you’re feeling fancy:
Add cayenne or fresh herbs like dill or thyme to any of the above recipes!

 

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